Artwork by Stillwater artist Jimmy Longoria is on exhibit at the Vision Loss Resources lobby gallery in Minneapolis until late May, 2019. This will be the last exhibit coordinated by VSA MInnesota at VLR, which will show work by its clients with vision loss beginning in June.
Jimmy Longoria is recognized internationally as a fine artist. He is the only Chicano/Latino/Hispanic artist to have been awarded an Archibald Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship in Fine Art. He is the only Minnesotan to have art in the permanent collection of Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art, the largest collection of Mexican Art outside Mexico. Due to his practice of giving back to the community by producing murals that deter gang graffiti in communities suffering gang presence (using proceeds from his own art sales to do this important work) he has been honored to receive awards such as the Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Service, the Ordway’s “Sally Award” for artistic vision, and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Award from the City of Minneapolis.
Longoria says, “Forty years of painting has led me to understand that it is not the visual detail that moves the soul – it is the energy of the brush and the interplay of tinted light against darkness.” After recent cataract surgery in both eyes, he was “how I was truthfully painting through the muted haze of my cataracts. People viewing my art have long commented on the brilliant bright colors. For me, the colors were harmonized – I didn’t realize how much they sang to each other.”
Trained as a Chicano Community Artist in the Barrios of Southern California, he committed to serving the cultural identity search for the exploding Latino population. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and made his first historic piece of art in the epicenter of Latino Chicago. In Minnesota he first sought to paint in seclusion but soon was recruited to struggle in the cause to overcome Minnesota Nice Racism in the arts. Focused on aesthetic investigation, Longoria has emerged as the Leader in the Chicano art movement in the Midwest. Stating, “Western art is about the artist; Chicano Art is about the people,” he uses the same tools and crafts in the manufacturing of art as other artists, “but my purpose in making and doing is not the same.”
To see more of Jimmy Longoria’s work, go to https://www.jimmylongoria.com/. The exhibit at Vision Loss Resources is coordinated by VSA Minnesota and is open to the public during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00– 4:30, at 1936 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Surface lot parking is free off the southbound lane on Lyndale.
VSA Minnesota is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a community where people with disabilities learn through, participate in and access the arts. For information about purchasing art, learning about other exhibits by artists with disabilities, or other programs and grant opportunities, contact VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or go online at www.vsamn.org. The Accessible Arts Calendar is at http://vsamn.org/community/calendar/.